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Help: Job Search

What does this tool do?

Job Search lets you search thousands of job listings that are updated daily from all over the United States.

How do I get started?

To get started, simply enter a keyword or keywords for the type of job you are interested in. To see only jobs in a certain location, enter a city and state, state only, or ZIP code. Then click ‘Search” to see you results.

Where do the job listings come from?

CareerOneStop uses several sources for job postings. You can select the source you’d like to view by clicking on the box next to “Source” and selecting one of the job posting sources. Current sources include:

CareerOneStop also plans to add several additional job posting sources in the coming months. These include job banks that were approved by the U.S. Department of Labor during their open approval process for www.JobBankInfo.org. These include:

Please note that not all of these commercial job banks have the same requirements for job postings as US.jobs; some of the job postings you find on these job banks may be duplicates and some may not be for existing job openings. Also note that you may be required to register in order to apply for a position.

How can I narrow my list of job search results?

Sometimes you may see too long a list of job results. You can always narrow your list of results by using the “Filter by” section on the left-hand side of your results page.

  • Filter by company. If you’re interested in working for a particular company, click on the business name in the list—now you’ll only see job listings from that company. Click “undo” to go back to the full list.
  • Filter by location. You can also narrow your results by clicking on any location in this list. You’ll see only job listings for that location. Click “undo” to go back to the full list.
  • Filter by date posted. Use this list to filter the job listings by date—for instance click “1 Day Back” if you only want to see jobs posted in the past day. Click “undo” to go back to the full list.

What if I’m not seeing any job listings that interest me?

If you want to review more job listings than are displayed, try one or more the following:

  • Try using different keywords. For example,
    • Search for “retail sales”, “sales associate”, “retail associate”, and “sales clerk”
    • Search for “LPN”, “L.P.N.”, “Licensed Practical Nurse”. Sometimes, the commonly used job title is “Licensed Vocational Nurse” so try that as well as “LVN” and “L.V.N".
    • Search for different spellings. For instance, “pipe fitter” and “pipefitter”; “drywall” and “dry wall”; “sheetrock” and “sheet rock”.
  • Drop one or more of your keywords. The results of each search will include every one of your keywords somewhere in the posting. The fewer words you use, the more postings will match your keywords.
  • Try related occupations. If your results have a list of “Related Occupations”on the left-hand side, try selecting on of them. You may find postings that match your search, but don’t happen to match the keywords you entered.
  • Change the location you entered. For instance, if you entered a city or ZIP code, try searching a whole state. Some job postings don’t correctly match with a city and may not show up in city- or ZIP-based searches.

I'm an employer. How do I post job openings here?

CareerOneStop job listings come from the US.jobs Network by the National Labor Exchange. Any employer may post jobs here. Learn more at Post a Job on CareerOneStop’s Business Center.

How do I apply for a job?

Click on any job title to learn more or apply for any positions on your results list. You’ll go directly to the job posting or hiring company’s website; please note that you will no longer be on CareerOneStop and you may be asked to register in order to apply for a position.

I have a criminal record. How do I know I can get hired?

More and more employers are willing to hire people with criminal backgrounds. But you can’t be sure that any specific employer will hire someone with a criminal record. The employers who post jobs on CareerOneStop have not been asked if they will hire workers with a record. However, you can do a lot to prove to an employer that you are a good candidate. Visit Who hires ex-offenders? to learn more.

I’m a veteran. Do you have any resources for me?

Yes! Please visit CareerOneStop’s Veterans ReEmployment for information and resources to help veterans and transitioning service members with employment, training, and financial issues. The site includes a special Veterans Job Search that matches military experience with civilian careers and job postings throughout the United States.

Department of Labor CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor,
Employment and Training Administration